The Firefox Nightly browser is contributed code by Mozilla developers, which is added to a central repository daily, then compiled nightly for developers or enthusiasts to grab the latest edge changes. As the code matures, it then merges into the beta repository. It then reaches a level of quality that allows for a new final version of Firefox to be shipped to hundreds of millions of people. Nightly builds are an essential part of the Firefox development process, as they allow us to test new code and ensure that it meets our high standards before it is released to the public. The following tutorial will demonstrate how to install the nightly browser on your desktop using the command line terminal and well know third-party COPR repository.
Recommended Steps Before Installation
The first step is ensuring your system is up-to-date to avoid issues during the installation and for good practice. This is done by opening your terminal and using the following command.
sudo dnf upgrade --refresh
Install Firefox Nightly
The best method to install the nightly browser is to enable the COPR repository by proletarius101/firefox-nightly.
First, enable the repository using the following terminal command.
sudo dnf copr enable proletarius101/firefox-nightly -y
If successful, you should see the following output at the end of the import log.
Repository successfully enabled.
Once done, install Firefox Nightly using the following command.
sudo dnf install firefox-nightly -y
How to Launch Firefox Nightly
Launching can be done in a few ways now that you have the software installed.
Users with an open command terminal use the following command to launch immediately.
Desktop users would mostly prefer opening Firefox Nightly using the application icon, which you would use the following path on your desktop.
Activities > Show Applications > Firefox Nightly.
How to Update Firefox Nightly
For future updates, since you have installed the software from a repository, run the standard DNF commands to check for an update manually. You should be notified along with the rest of your system updates, given that it is a DNF install.
sudo dnf update --refresh
How to Remove Firefox Nightly
Use the following commands to remove the software from your desktop system.
sudo dnf autoremove firefox-nightly -y
Lastly, if you have no intention of re-installing, you should disable the COPR repo.
sudo dnf copr disable proletarius101/firefox-nightly -y